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Police cheif, administrator retiring in Perrysburg Township ahead of OPERS changes

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Perrsyburg Township Police Chief Mark Hetrick, and township administrator John Hrosko are retiring at the end of December.

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Two senior Perrysburg Township officials will retire at the end of this year as a result of changes in the Ohio Public Employee Retirement System.

Police Chief Mark Hetrick, who has been with the department for 26 years, will retire Dec. 29. John Hrosko, who has served as township administrator for 11 years, retires Dec. 31.

Township trustees accepted the resignations at their meeting tonight.

The state legislature in September made significant changes to the pension law, which goes into effect Jan. 7, including raising age and service limits for retirement eligibility as well as changing the salary calculation.

"I didn't anticipate it being this quick," Chief Hetrick said of his retirement, adding that he stood to lose a lot of money if he didn't.

Township trustees appointed police Lt. James Pellek, Jr., as acting chief and granted him a $1,000 stipend in additional compensation. No replacement has been named yet for Mr. Hrosko.

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